Sunday, August 28, 2005

Tammy Pruett

Tammy Pruett is Bush's challenge to Cindy Sheehan. Sheehan lost a son in Iraq and is protesting the war. Pruett hasn't lost any relatives in Iraq and is supporting the war. I wonder why Bush can't find the mother of a soldier who died to support him. Surely there must be at least one who would be willing to speak out in favor of the war. (Frank Rich thinks this was a deliberate choice, calling it Bush's "hide-the-fallen habit.")

Pruett is in denial about a possible loss. She has four sons currently in Iraq. Her husband and another son recently returned. It's sad, but apparently she can't bring herself to think about any of them getting hurt. She was asked on CNN
CNN: There are so many things that must keep you awake at night. What is your chief concern as your son[s'] service continues over there?

Pruett: I know that if something happens to one of the boys, they would leave this world doing what they believe, what they think is right for our country. And I guess you couldn't ask for a better way of life than giving it for something that you believe in.
So apparently nothing keeps her awake at night.

Here is a story about it in the Washington Post.

is the White House report of the campaign stop where Bush introduced Pruett. Bush is quoted as saying
A time of war is a time of sacrifice … .

There are few things in life more difficult than seeing a loved one go off to war.
I wonder how he knows either of these things. What has he sacrificed — other than his poll ratings? And which of his loved ones has he seen go off to war?

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